From the Costa-shortlisted author of CHOP CHOP, HERE COMES TROUBLE is a comic novel with bite. Set in a collapsing country - where larger-than-life characters make promises they can't keep - it's the perfect read for our strange, tumultuous times.
Welcome to Kyrzbekistan, winner of Most Corrupt Country 2011 and 2012. A place where anyone can be happy - as long they aren't poor, ill, foreign, a pedestrian, or in any way interested in the truth. A country that takes fake news and false promises to new levels. Expelled from school, Ellis Dau has been forced to help his father out at the Chronicle, the last bastion of free speech in this strange world. But when the country's power supply fails and dark voices threaten the Chronicle's future, Ellis finds himself in an unlikely fight for freedom.
'I loved this rollercoaster of a ride into a corrupt, fictitious country that feels only too hideously real' Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Take Sacha Baron Cohen, add a twist of Kafka and lace it with Groucho Marx. You're entering the surreal and blackly funny world of Simon Wroe. A brilliant novel by a very special writer
Far funnier than any account of approaching far-right revolution has the right to be. Highly recommended - John Higgs
Often very funny and always pacy, Wroe's novel is at once a capering Bildungsroman and a serious examination of how easily democracy can crumble if the institutions and morals that keep it robust are attacked - Sunday Times
Clear-eyed and caustic... Nineteen Eighty-Four crossed with Adrian Mole - Daily Mail
I loved this rollercoaster of a ride into a corrupt, fictitious country that feels only too hideously real. It's pretty funny too, and has a big heart. Highly recommended - Deborah Moggach, Number One bestselling author of THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Simon Wroe is a freelance journalist and former chef. He writes food and culture features for The Guardian and arts reviews for The Economist. His first book, Chop Chop, was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won a Betty Trask Award. He was born in 1982 and lives in Camberwell, south London.